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Comment: Re:Xbox styling (Score 1) 106

by OzPeter (#49180925) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

In their defense - I thought 'video card box' because this matches a lot of colors/designs Nvidia uses.

Not knowing NVidia I now see that entry into gaming console market has created a rather unfortunate combination of styles. But you'd think that their marketing team would know what anXBox was and looked like.

Comment: Opposite of loser edit (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by OzPeter (#49179757) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

There is also an opposite of the loser edit, but I don't know if it has its own name. It is the edit where by using selective editing the focus is placed on (the mistakes or the perfection) one person in a competition, and minimizes the focus on the person who will eventually win or lose. So that when the final decision is revealed it "surprises" the audience - and hence boosts drama, and hopefully higher ratings.

My feeling is that I see this behavior more than I see a "loser edit"

+ - Police Could Charge a Data Center in the Largest Child Porn Bust Ever->

Submitted by sarahnaomi
sarahnaomi (3948215) writes "It could be the largest child porn investigation ever conducted.

Canadian police say they’ve uncovered a massive online file sharing network for exploitative material that could involve up to 7,500 users in nearly 100 countries worldwide.

But unlike past investigations into the distribution of child porn, which typically involve targeting suspects individually, police have instead seized over 1.2 petabytes of data—more than four times the amount of data in the US Library of Congress—from a data center responsible for storing the material, and may even attempt to lay criminal charges against its operators, too.

“What we are alleging is occurring is that there are individuals and organizations that are profiting from the storage and the exchange of child sexual exploitation material,” Scott Tod, Deputy Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), told Motherboard at a conference late last month, after speaking to a crowd of defence specialists. “They store it and they provide a secure website that you can log into, much like people do with illegal online gaming sites.”"

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+ - Isis and Al-Qaeda terrorists using eBay, Reddit and porn to send coded messages ->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Islamic State (Isis) and Al-Qaeda terrorists have been turning to Reddit, eBay and pornography to send coded messages to their followers, according to an author with sources inside Mossad.

Mossad operatives now routinely monitor social bookmarking website Reddit, where messages can be hidden easily due to the plethora of subreddit sections and millions of posts of comments in each section of the website."

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Comment: Re:It's almost like the Concord verses the 747 aga (Score 1) 157

by OzPeter (#49154369) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

$56M doesn't really apply here, even if we were talking about a transcontinental hyper loop. I don't know if you've ever driven across the country, but there is a whole lot of empty space. Building stuff there is significantly cheaper than where stuff already exists.

A 4 lane highway in rural areas costs about $5 million per mile (*). And while a road is not an enclosed vacuum tube, the vacuum tube would be many more times complex to build (and maintain) than the road - for example, there its the infrastructure needed to keep the hyperloop pumped down to its working pressure, as you can be sure that leaks will occur.

But that infrastructure will have to be dispersed across the length of the hyper loop, as a pumping station in LA or NYC will not be able to deal with a leak in the midwest until the air introduced in that leak makes its way to either end of the loop - meaning both a huge volume of air, and a huge lag time until it gets there. And huge vacuum pumps will not be cheap, and will have to be powered by something. So there you are building not only the hyper loop, but at a minimum HV transmission lines for the pumping stations and possibly power stations as well (be they solar, wind, nuke or coal), as well as the roads needed to reach that infrastructure . Plus as you say .. you are doing it in the middle of nowhere,which is going to jack up prices in its own way.

So it does't take much for the cost per mile to start adding up.

* $5 million per mile cost for a 4 lane highway is taken from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association website. And it rises to $9 million in urban areas.

Comment: Re:It's almost like the Concord verses the 747 aga (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by OzPeter (#49153875) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

Actually, it's the Return on investment (ROI) that matter in business. Or in other word, how many time it'll take to make enough profit to cover the cost of the initial investment. And in this case, the US$9.95 billion California High-Speed Rail is a huge example on how much money you can make on transportation.

Using the $56 million per km quoted on California High-Speed Rail as the low estimate of how much it would cost to build a hyper loop, the minimum cost across the US would be $56 million per km * 3000 miles * 1.6 km per mile = $270 Billion dollars MINIMUM. That's going to have a hell of a long ROI, and because of that I can't see anyone in their right mind financing such a project in the near future.

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly